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Live Theatre: Spillikin – A Love Story (Live12A)
Sat, 29th October, 2016 @ 19:30pm - 21:00pm£7 - £11
*****Edinburgh Guide “An astonishing piece of theatre.”
Artificial intelligence meets aged care in an odd-couple romance featuring four actors and a real robot.
It starts with an awkward teenager meeting an unattainable girl, and then jump-cuts backwards and forwards through the pivotal moments of a long relationship lasting from youth to old age – up until, the husband’s illness, and finally the wife’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
In response to this the husband, already an obsessive archivist, builds a perfected robotic version of himself, to be deployed after his death: a patient carer, an aide-memoir, a singing partner, able to give order to her confusion, and to bear without complaint the endless repetition required to reassure her. As her mind deteriorates their exchanges acquire an odd poetry, a secret language expressed as a duet. And, on some level, their love survives.
Spillikin is a collaboration with Engineered Arts, makers of the ground-breaking, cutting edge Robothespian .
***** GingerWig and Strollingman “A fantastic piece of theatre. Tremendous!”
***** Broadway Baby “Beautifully evocative and moving.”
Age advisory 12+ (some swearing and sexual description)